The bruised right shin of Tony Parker caused him to miss the 32nd win of the season for the San Antonio Spurs. It wasn’t like the Spurs needed Parker anyway as they rolled over the Milwaukee Bucks 110-82.
Fans of Parker shouldn’t look too much into the game off, since it was probably more a precautionary reason and a chance for Gregg Popovich to rest his star point guard against subpar competition. With the gap left in the backcourt, the Spurs’ Patty Mills took is opportunity off the bench and ran with it by scoring a team-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. His seven assists also helped his teammates get going as seven Spurs scored in double-figures.
The main reason for the victory was the 58 bench points from Spurs’ reserves. Big man Jeff Ayres continued to make huge steps in his progression by adding 13 points and six rebounds off the bench. Nando De Colo scored 13 points in his first minutes since the January 12 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Popovich’s teams are so hard to prepare for because there is no one player that can be prepared for. Any player in the Spurs’ lineup can go off since their offense is set up to find the player with the best opportunity to score. A perfect example of this is Manu Ginobili, who finished with one point against the Bucks. In Friday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Ginobili finished with 29 points.
This ability to use many interchangeable parts in the offense will make the Spurs a very dangerous team come playoff time, assuming they are at full strength health-wise.